The Coby Kyros is a budget tablet that doesnâ€™t try to rival the big players. Instead it offers a decent range of features that try to tackle other low-end tablets like the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7. Coby are a well-established, though not widely known, technology company who have been in the business for over a decade and have plenty of experience. So can they deliver? Letâ€™s find out. Key Specs For The Coby Kyros RRP: $289.99 Release Year: 2012 Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Display Size: 10.1 inches Connectivity: Wi-Fi Cameras: VGA 1.0MP Battery Life: 7 hours Coby Kyros: The Pros Several Size Options: One of the most unique things about the Coby Kyros is that it comes in several size options. This is in contrast to most other devices which tend to come in a maximum of two size options, and emphasize storage options instead. However, the Coby Kyros doesnâ€™t offer any storage options, instead putting the exact same technology into 5 different sized tablets. The available sizes are 7 inches, 8 inches, 9 inches, 9.7 inches and 10.1 inches. 7 inches and 10.1 inches are industry standard sizes, but those in between are uncommon. Size is pretty much always a trade off. The biggest screen is best in terms of actual use. Itâ€™s the optimal size for watching movies and playing games, and makes menu navigation easier too. However, large size means less portability. So the Coby Kyros offers a range of trade-offs between size and portability to suit any individual. MicroSD Slot: MicroSD slots are becoming a more and more common feature on tablets. Apple still donâ€™t offer any kind of SD card slots, or USB ports, on their tablets, but many of the Android tablets now do. The Coby Kyros is no exception, and itâ€™s a real benefit. While the Kyros itself comes with only 8GB or storage (like the Kindle Fire), the microSD slot allows you to expand this storage by up to 32GB, giving you a maximum total storage of 40GB. Thatâ€™s a decent amount for a tablet, offering ample space to store several movies, lots of photos and plenty of apps. Cheap: Itâ€™s only fair to mention that the Coby Kyros is really cheap, which makes it a far more attractive option that it otherwise would be. It retails at a little over the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7, but prices are constantly changing so itâ€™s worth checking this out. By lowering the price into the same range as these other devices, the Coby Kyros poses a direct challenge. Itâ€™s main advantage over the other two are the larger size options that are available. Responsive Screen: The touch screen on the Kyros is very responsive, making it easy to use and navigate through menus etc. This is important, and does mark it out against some other budget tablets which suffer from a lack of responsiveness that can become very frustrating. No Lag: While some budget tablets suffer from lag (and even some non-budget tablets for that matter!), the Coby Kyros performs very well. Changing between applications is always quick, and never slows down or freezes. The Kyros is a consistent performer on this front. Coby Kyros: The Cons 8GB Storage: As with several other budget tablets, the Coby Kyros only has 8GB on-board storage. That means that, out of the box, you could store around 6 movies on the Kyros, or a couple thousand songs. Thatâ€™s actually not that much â€“ even an iPod, which is used for music and occasionally video, offers far far more than this. While itâ€™s possible to expand the storage of the Kyros using a microSD card, itâ€™s still annoying to have just 8GB of storage to start with. No Rear Camera: This wonâ€™t bother everyone, but for those who like their tablets to double up as a camera the Kyros wonâ€™t do the trick. There is no rear-facing camera on the Kyros, so the only images it can capture are taken through the front-facing camera thatâ€™s around 1MP resolution and is meant for video conversation. No Google Play: For some this will be a pretty big deal. The Kyros doesnâ€™t support Google Play â€“ the Google apps store. That means you canâ€™t download anything available only through Google Play, and are limited to the competitors like Amazonâ€™s online store for apps. This is a really odd move for the Kyros given that itâ€™s not affiliated with any particular service provider. If youâ€™re a Google Play fan, youâ€™ll have to look elsewhere. Speakers: The speakers on the Kyros are situated on the back of the device. This interferes with the clarity of the sound and also reduces the efficiency of the volume. While the Kyros isnâ€™t the only tablet to make this unusual design decision, most of the others offer a better all-round package. Is The Coby Kyros Worth Buying? On the whole, the Kyros might be worth buying if youâ€™re looking to stick to a tight budget and arenâ€™t interested in the Kindle Fire or Google Nexus 7. The Google Nexus 7 almost certainly wins out over the Kyros in terms of performance and flexibility, but the Kindle Fire is a closer contest. Either way, the Kyros isnâ€™t the greatest of tablets so make sure you research it thoroughly before committing to its purchase.
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